Puppy & Kitten Care: The Right Start Requires the Right Care!

Puppy & Kitten Care at Pawsteps Veterinary Clinic

The veterinary team at PawSteps Veterinary Center wants to make sure that your puppy or kitten gets the absolute best start in life. A healthy puppy or kitten has the greatest chance of thriving in your home and growing up to be a well-loved member of your family. To ensure this, we strive to meet the physical and behavioral needs of your youngest pets.

Even the healthiest puppy or kitten needs to be seen by our veterinary team within a few days of entering your home. This way, we can assess the little one’s health, answer any questions, and forge a special bond between your young pet and PawSteps Veterinary Center.

All Puppies and Kittens Need:

First Steps for Puppies

  1. First physical examination at approximately 6–8 weeks of age. All of your pet’s systems will be checked for proper growth and development from nose to tail.
  2. First puppy vaccinations at 6–8 weeks of age, then every three weeks until at least 15–17 weeks of age. Boosters continue throughout adulthood.
  3. First rabies vaccination at 13 weeks of age or older. This vaccine requires a booster at 1 year of age, as well as periodic boosters throughout adulthood.
  4. Parasite prevention—All puppies will be tested for intestinal parasites and treated, if needed, and started on heartworm preventive and flea and tick control on one of their first visits.
  5. Many articles on puppy care can be found on the Veterinary Partner website.

First Steps for Kittens

In addition, our veterinary team will discuss spaying/neutering, dental health, and proper nutrition and can make recommendations regarding socialization and pet house training. The veterinarians at PawSteps Veterinary Center are eager to provide practical tips and suggestions for all issues.

We welcome your questions and look forward to meeting the newest additions to your family.